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    Ended up in hospital 3 weeks ago, apparently a TIA, had another last week, could not speak etc, wore off after about 30 mins, anyone else had one of these bloody scary things?, not pleasant am taking every blood thinner invented at the moment, they think it’s ticker related so they plan a poke about soon, anyone know anything about these things?
    thank you
    mark

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    Grandmother had that condition. She would be siting in her favorite chair and all was fine when she would just drop off and become incoherent for a few minutes. She would then return to normal, unaware of what had just happened. Pretty frightening at first but we got accustomed to it. I suppose there have been substantial advancements in treatment since then. Of course she was pretty stubborn and didn't like to go to the doctor's office. Maybe there was more we could have done for her. This was thirty+ years ago. She was overall fairly healthy and lived well into her nineties with the condition.

    Hopefully this will be just a minor thing for you. Best wishes.

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    • #3
      My mother had a few back in her 80s. She's 94 now, none in the last few years and no lasting effects either.
      Southwest Utah

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      • #4
        Had a minor stroke last January 2020. Speech was mildly affected but near normal now except when I am tired. I was on blood thinners at the time and still are of course. Lots of tests, neurologist said I was doing every thing right, it was just one of those things. But I was extremely tired and stressed before it happened. Age 77 and my family has a history of heart problems, dad died from a stroke at age 64.
        Retired - Journeyman Refrigeration Pipefitter - Master Electrician - Fine Line Automation CNC 4x4 Router

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        • #5
          Thanks for taking the trouble to reply, it is appreciated, asking doctor google serves to be both terrifying and nauseating simultaneously.
          what you need is a bit of optimism, I severely doubted the health service, it is supposed to be urgent, I spent 35 minutes in the back of the ambulance, outside my own house while the driver tinkered with the radio trying to find a station ( I do understand, you must have the right tunes, I asked for the flight of the Valkyries but got you look like a lady) whilst the other thumbed the guts out of her IPhone, eventually went to the hospital, last 5 minutes with blues and twos
          aka sirens and lights whilst the driver tried to fly the ambulance through local streets, the hospital was deserted, swear they’re closed down since the CoVoChi plague
          thanks guys
          mark

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          • #6
            Mine happened while we were in Florida, never did anything down there. Got home my son insisted I go to Dr. and they did all the tests, everything but nothing found. Nothing done or changed except keep taking the blood thinner. Yes I have Afib as do millions of others in this country. Yes I go to my heart doctor, yes I have my INR checked monthly.
            Retired - Journeyman Refrigeration Pipefitter - Master Electrician - Fine Line Automation CNC 4x4 Router

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            • #7
              My main problem is that I have had a couple of blood clots after surgeries. The first, which slowed me down a lot, apparently moved from my leg to my head, while I was still in hospital, and got caught and shifted quickly, but left some residual effects, learning new stuff became harder.
              The second, which gave me chest pains, was initially misdiagnosed, and only a second visit to the local emergancy dept when, fortunately an older, experienced doctor was on duty gave the correct diagnosis.
              I am permanently on blood thinners, to hopefully avoid a third misadventure
              I sometimes get tired suddenly and have learnt not to fight to stay awake, but simply curl up and have a nap for an hour or so.
              Best wishes David Powell.

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              • #8
                My doctor had suggested a heart ultrasound a few years ago to double check something. The technician who performed was a good talker so I learned a good deal about what they can read from it. He's prohibited from making any actual speculations (only cardiologist can officially read the results) but the tech said they can derive several things. One picture with the heart fully expanded and one contracted lets them calculate the two heart chamber volumes and then the heart efficiency. That is, something like cylinder compression. High numbers are better. They can also use doppler shift to see blood flow. What's undesirable is to have lower blood flow or blood exchange during pumping. Stagnant flow can lead to blood clots, since that's the mechanism for healing of cuts where non-moving blood solidifies. A small clot in the heart isn't dangerous per se, but it can get moved out to block blood flow in the brain or elsewhere.

                That's all interesting, but doesn't imply much about how to fix any of that if it's sub-optimal. Maybe the recommendation for diet and exercise which they'd have done anyway. Sometimes knowing more isn't really a help.
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                "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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                • #9
                  TG more than likely nothing can be done in your case either except blood thinners to help prevent the clotting. They can implant a screen filter of sorts but no guarantee. In my case they thought it was an old one and it got dislodged, moved and caused mine. There are some heart procedures to correct the Afib but they also bring some risk.
                  Retired - Journeyman Refrigeration Pipefitter - Master Electrician - Fine Line Automation CNC 4x4 Router

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                  • #10
                    Mark if you or your wife need anything and I mean anything let me know.
                    Location: The Black Forest in Germany

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by boslab View Post
                      Ended up in hospital 3 weeks ago, apparently a TIA, had another last week, could not speak etc, wore off after about 30 mins, anyone else had one of these bloody scary things?, not pleasant am taking every blood thinner invented at the moment, they think it’s ticker related so they plan a poke about soon, anyone know anything about these things?
                      thank you
                      mark
                      Mark,
                      Sorry to hear of your troubles. My dad had a mini-stroke about 4 years ago that affected his right arm for a month or so. They put him on blood thinners, too. However, this year he had a blood clot in his lung, so they did a rather expensive test to find out he has Factor V (as in 5) clotting disorder. That required a change to his blood thinners. Might want to talk to your doctors about testing for Factor V just to be safe. Most people with Factor V never actually get blood clots from what I understand, it just increases your risk. The risk increases if you have two genes vs. one also.
                      Location: Northern WI

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                      • #12
                        Commiserations, Mark. I have a number of friends who have had TICs, and they are all still more-or-less mens sana in corpore sano (well, at least no dafter than they were), so your prognosis is probably pretty good.
                        The full name of Galaxies's dad's condition is Leiden Factor V. It's a genetic thing, so you either have it or you don't—it's not something that you can catch or get rid of. It's relatively uncommon, but in the unlikely event that you are diagnosed with it, please do take it seriously.

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                        • #13
                          Doctors these days tend to look more towards the afib and that connection with TIA but you also need to rule out an AVM. Arterial Venous Malformation.
                          A group of blood vessels knotted together that eventually rub enough to thin a vessel wall and cause a bleed. The first ones can be small and mimic a TIA and then later can get quite serious.
                          We had a guy literally go blind while standing in front of a machine during an AVM episode. He was flown to a specialist hospital and after a craniotomy and brain surgery regained most of his sight with a small blind spot that his brain compensated for after a year or so. My friend’s 30 year old daughter had one that was treated with lasers and she came out fine.
                          A CAT scan or MRI will show one of those. Hopefully they plan on doing one or the other for you.

                          Wishing you all the best.
                          Illigitimi non Carborundum 😎
                          9X49 Birmingham Mill, Reid Model 2C Grinder, 13x40 ENCO GH Lathe, 6X18 Craftsman lathe, Sherline CNC mill, Eastwood TIG200 AC/DC and lots of stuff from 30+ years in the trade and 15.5 in refinery unit operations. Now retired. El Paso, TX

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                          • #14
                            Anything to do with your resident computer needs to be take VERY seriously. My father had a condition that led to a series of mini strokes. He never was the same again.

                            I would like to see you able to post here for a good long time to come. Do what the doc suggests and do NOT hesitate over what he suggests.
                            Chilliwack BC, Canada

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                            • #15
                              I know I can rely on Bruce, most genuinely nice guy ever, I’m grateful to all of you, I trust it will all be sorted, I’m thinking pacemaker as both incidents occurred after a period of AF, but of faith goes a long way, thanks guys, appreciated immensely,
                              awaiting scan of bonce, empty I’m guessing
                              all the best
                              mark

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